electric vehicles

  • Lucid Motors will begin manufacturing in Arizona in 2017

    Lucid Motors will begin manufacturing in Arizona in 2017

    Lucid Motors, a new electric car company, announced at a press conference today that it would begin building its manufacturing center in Casa Grande, Arizona, in 2017. Parts and supplies for the facility will come from the state of Sonora in Mexico, which borders Arizona. The company’s headquarters will likely remain in San Francisco. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said that the company… Read More

  • Faraday Future’s factory construction paused; shipping timelines at risk

    Faraday Future’s factory construction paused; shipping timelines at risk

    Electric vehicle maker Faraday Future may not be able to make its first cars in time to hit its 2017 shipping deadlines, according to a new report by the Financial Times on Thursday. It’s hard to ship a car when your factory itself isn’t finished. Read More

  • Maserati plans an all-electric Alfieri for 2020

    Maserati plans an all-electric Alfieri for 2020

    Maserati was said to be looking at 2020 as the target time frame for its first production electric vehicle, and now the company has confirmed to Autocar that a battery-powered electric drivetrain option will be made available in 2020 for its Alfieri two-seater sports car. The EV version will follow the conventional fuel-based V6-powered Alfieri, which is slated to make its product debut some… Read More

  • What Tesla’s new Gigafactory means for electric vehicles Crunch Network

    What Tesla’s new Gigafactory means for electric vehicles

    Tesla’s new Gigafactory opened at the end of July, with much excitement from both the media and the general public. Only 14 percent of the massive structure has been built, with the rest of the $5 billion project to be concluded by 2020. According to Tesla, battery cell production will start in 2017; by 2018, the Gigafactory should be cranking out cars to the tune of 500,000 Model 3s… Read More

  • 2016 Mercedes-Benz C350e soothes range anxiety

    2016 Mercedes-Benz C350e soothes range anxiety

    The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C350e plug-in hybrid sedan is not a Tesla fighter. It’s not even much of a Chevy Volt fighter. It is a very comfortable, very refined plug-in-hybrid mid-range Mercedes. So if that’s your jam, this is your car. The C350e has a 2-liter gasoline engine and a 60-kW electric motor, for a combined 275 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, which means quick merging on… Read More

  • Sondors 3-wheeled EV uses new crowdfunding equity to raise $500k

    Sondors 3-wheeled EV uses new crowdfunding equity to raise $500k

    The Model Sondors 3-wheeled electric vehicle is the latest automotive startup to take advantage of new rules to raise funds. Sondors is using equity crowdfunding, “where a crowd of accredited and nonaccredited investors alike can invest up to $1 million in an early-stage company,” according to Grant Harvey, who is working with the company on this campaign. This particular type… Read More

  • The rise of new automotive companies Crunch Network

    The rise of new automotive companies

    The Cité de l’Automobile in Mulhouse, France, is an amazing place. It has the largest collection of automobiles on display, thanks to the Swiss brothers Hans and Fritz Schlumpf and their obsession with cars. The money they needed for their collecting came from their business; the brothers owned a spinning mill for woolen products. Read More

  • Faraday Future says it’s finally going to show us a real car at CES

    Faraday Future says it’s finally going to show us a real car at CES

    The concept car is basically always a vehicle of pure puffery, and carmakers go above and beyond when it comes to teasing the future. But few are as accomplished on this scale as Faraday Future, the master illusionist of electric vehicles. The company says it’s finally going to show us something worthy of the label “production,” however, at CES in January. CES, which is… Read More

  • Evercar abruptly shuts down

    Evercar abruptly shuts down

    On September 7, 2016, Evercar sent out a press release announcing that it had expanded from its Los Angeles home base to San Francisco and Oakland and had financing for buying up to 3,000 vehicles in the next year. Almost exactly a month later, the service that rented EVs and hybrids to drivers for ride hailing services shut down. The company had launched at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show… Read More

  • Maserati is targeting 2020 for a production EV

    Maserati is targeting 2020 for a production EV

    The electric vehicle bandwagon has long left the station thanks to Tesla, but Maserati still wants to get on board. The high-end carmaker might be behind the curve when it comes to announcing its electric vehicle plans, but it’s looking like the Fiat-Chrysler-owned company will manage to ship a fully electric car by 2020, with something to show off in the 2019 timeframe. The Maserati… Read More

  • ChargePoint creates Waitlist for public EV charging

    ChargePoint creates Waitlist for public EV charging

    It seems counterintuitive to call a service Waitlist. No one wants to be put on a wait list; we want to just do the thing we came to do. But ChargePoint has, ahem, a point in creating this new feature, which launches today. Basically, it allows drivers of electric vehicles to virtually queue up for a charging station. Here’s the situation that Waitlist aims to solve. Say John, who has… Read More

  • EVEN Electric will sell only EVs, but not in the US

    EVEN Electric will sell only EVs, but not in the US

    EVEN Electric may be based in Ottawa, Ontario, but it has its sights set on selling electric vehicles from multiple brands worldwide. The sales and distribution network — not a dealership — will have new and pre-owned EVs available via centralized processing centers in several countries. Buyers order their car online, and it will be shipped from the nearest processing center to a… Read More

  • Tesla’s new Model S P100D adds range and cranks Ludicrous Mode up a notch

    Tesla’s new Model S P100D adds range and cranks Ludicrous Mode up a notch

    Tesla has a new, larger battery option for the Model S and Model X line of electric vehicles, which includes an improved Ludicrous Mode that boasts a 2.5 second 0-60 mph time on the Model S, which is 0.1 second faster than the Model S’s previous max, and only 0.2 seconds off one of the fastest accelerating production cars available. The 100kWh battery option isn’t just for speed… Read More

  • iTank: “A three-wheeled scooter is the future”

    iTank: “A three-wheeled scooter is the future”

    The Kickstarter campaign for the Doohan EV3 iTank three-wheeled scooter began this week. It’s brought to you by Kartik Ram, the same guy behind the Zeitgeist electric bike that debuted this spring. Before we get into the question of whether a three-wheeled scooter really is the future, as Ram said in a phone interview, here are the details of the iTank: Bosch motor goes from 0-28 mph in… Read More

  • BMW’s EV roadmap detailed, includes full autonomy by 2025

    BMW’s EV roadmap detailed, includes full autonomy by 2025

    BMW isn’t letting off the gas on its electric vehicle program – the company plans replacements for the i3 and i8 by 2022, according to Automobile Magazine, and a new entrant dubbed Project i20 internally (but likely to be known as the i5 or i6 when it hits streets) on track for 2021. The i20 has a fully electric drivetrain, like the i3 before it, and will also offer BMW’s… Read More

  • LeEco plans to build a $1.8 billion plant to take on Tesla

    LeEco plans to build a $1.8 billion plant to take on Tesla

    LeEco’s not just messing around with this whole electric car deal. Back in April, the Chinese electronics company best known for its TVs and smartphone (once named LeTV, if that rings more bells) carted out its self-driving concept car during a big phone unveil in Beijing. The decidedly futuristic LeSEE (pronounced like “lessee”) features a foldaway steering wheel… Read More

  • NASA funds long shots aiming to make electric and eco-friendly aircraft

    NASA funds long shots aiming to make electric and eco-friendly aircraft

    One of these days we’re going to see aircraft go electric, just as cars are — but not for a while. In the meantime, we can’t slack off when it comes to the research that will make it possible. NASA has announced five research projects that may help make planes more efficient and green. Read More

  • Mercedes-Benz said to plan EV sub-brand, with multiple SUVs and sedans

    Mercedes-Benz said to plan EV sub-brand, with multiple SUVs and sedans

    Mercedes-Benz isn’t just planning one or two all-electric vehicle options to woo customers away from competitors, including BMW and Tesla who are further along with their EV lineups — it has four models in the works, according to sources speaking to Bloomberg. These cars will be offered under a new sub-brand with a new name, per the report. Read More

  • Nissan says EV chargers will outnumber gas stations in the UK by 2020

    Nissan says EV chargers will outnumber gas stations in the UK by 2020

    A new study by car maker Nissan predicts the U.K. will have more electric vehicle charging locations than gas stations by 2020. It’s a bold prediction to estimate that EV chargers will outnumber places to gas up in just four short years, but Nissan is counting on both a continued decline in the number of operational gas stations, as well as new charge points coming online. The attrition… Read More

  • 2017 Chevy Volt named Northwest Green Vehicle of the Year

    2017 Chevy Volt named Northwest Green Vehicle of the Year

    On July 19, members of the Northwest Automotive Press Association got together in Portland, Oregon, to drive 14 fuel-efficient and high-tech vehicles and compare them head to head. The overall winner was the 2017 Chevy Volt, which uses electricity plus a small gasoline generator engine and carries a price tag around $40,000. (No, Tesla did not send a vehicle to be tested.) The… Read More

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